The Gilberts
Capture of Tarawa and Makin

Related: Army, Navy, and Marine Corps Doctrine
for amphibious operations.

"...their only armor, a khaki shirt."
Operation GALVANIC: The opening of the Central Pacific Drive--the centerpiece of War Plan ORANGE from the beginning of planning for a potential war with Japan. After 2 years of building up forces, fighting a defensive war in the Southwest Pacific, and limited counteroffensives in the Solomons-Bismarcks and New Guinea, ORANGE would produce rapid advances thru the Gilberts (Nov 1943), Marshalls (Feb 1944), and Marianas (June-Aug 1944)--strategic victory that even the Japanese leadership recognized.

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Last updated: 7 July 2008

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